Keynote Debate 02: Should artists professionalize?

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Faculty/Staff
Date created: 
2012-10-13
Keywords: 
Artist-run practices
Artist-run spaces
Artistic autonomy
Professionalization of the artist
Institutional practices
Cultural administration
Artist-administrator
Artist-curator
Artist-educator
Artist-Scholar
Abstract: 

As artists have taken on the creation of artist-run organizations or have turned themselves or their practices into institutions, their roles have expanded, taking on the work of curator, administrator, critic, educator, publicist, and so forth. While the polyvalence of contemporary artists has enriched institutions with resources and support, any reciprocity remains subject to debate. The professionalization of the artist, arising as a consequence of artist-run institution building and the blurring of professional roles inherent in such activity, may limit artistic potential in that artists take on increased administrative and curatorial responsibilities, among others, at the opportunity cost of artistic production. In the second debate of the convention, presenters will deliberate on the many roles of the contemporary artist, making the case for and against his or her professionalization.

Description: 

A debate on the topic of "Should artists professionalize?" With: Team A (for): Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeff Derksen, Candice Hopkins. Team B (against): Tania Bruguera, Sam Gould, Claire Tancons.

 

Sam Gould is co-founder of Red76, a collaborative art practice initiated in Portland, Oregon in 2000. He is the acting editor of Red76’s publication, the Journal of Radical Shimming, as well as full-time visiting faculty within the Text and Image Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

 

 

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English
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Video
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Iain Barbour, Andrea Creamer, Institutions by Artists, Fillip, PAARC, ARCA.
Contributor: 
Josh Olson
Darren Heroux
Ron Tran
Sponsor(s): 
Canada Council for the Arts
Heritage Canada Languages Support Program
British Columbia Arts Council
City of Vancouver
Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts
Simon Fraser University Library
Hootsuite
SFU Woodwards
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts
Goethe Institut
Consulat général de France à Vancouver
Consulado-Geral do Brasil em Vancouver
Audain Gallery, SFU Woodwards
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
Surrey Art Gallery
Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia
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